By Robert Evans
"Mixing technology, humor, and grossly irresponsible self-experimentation, Evans paints a bright photo of the way undesirable behavior outfitted the realm we all know and love."
—David Wong, writer of John Dies on the End
History hasn't ever been extra fun—or extra intoxicating.
weapons, germs, and metal may have remodeled us from hunter-gatherers into glossy guy, yet booze, intercourse, trash speak, and tripping equipped our civilization. Cracked editor Robert Evans brings his signature dogged learn and energetic perception to discover the numerous and luxurious methods vice has stimulated background, from the prostitute-turned-empress who scored a massive victory for women’s rights to the beer that helped create—and destroy—South America's first empire. And Evans is going deeper than just writing approximately old debauchery; he recreates a few of history's most delightful (and such a lot painful) vices and contains courses so that you can keep on with alongside at domestic. You’ll learn the way to:
• Trip like a Greek philosopher.
• Rave like your Stone Age ancestors.
• Get under the influence of alcohol like a Sumerian.
• Smoke a nostril pipe like a pre–Columbian local American.
A social gathering of the courageous, drunken pioneers who equipped our civilization one possible undesirable choice at a time, A short historical past of Vice explores a facet of the earlier that mainstream background books wish to conceal.
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